May 18, 2022

“Do I Want My Book Banned? No,” “Perks of Being a Wallflower” Author Says After Wallingford, CT Book Controversy

From NBCConnecticut:

The author of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” says he’s offended when critics quote passages of the book out of context.

In a recent interview, author Stephen Chbosky clarified the contents of his book that one Wallingford parent deemed controversial, complaining to the school district and objecting to students being allowed to read it. Wallingford Superintendent Salvatore Menzo removed the book from the curriculum in response back in February.


The book is meant to create dialogue, Chbosky added, because “the more conversations we have about these things, the better.” His book has been on the American Library Association’s Top 10 most challenged books numerous times in the past decade.

“Do I want my book banned? No. Challenged? No. I don’t care how many (books) I sell, it’s not worth the silence,” he explained. “It makes me feel sad. To me, it means that the conversation was attempted to be ended by somebody.”

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